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, jacob "jack" lew is said to be the president's pick to replace treasury secretary timothy geithner. that nomination is expected tomorrow. should he be confirmed by the senate, one of lew's first challenges will be dealing with the rapidly approaching debt ceiling. darren gersh reports. >> reporter: assuming he wins senate confirmation, jacob "jack" lew will take over a treasury that is rapidly running out of cash. the federal government has already hit the debt ceiling. and the only way the government can pay its bills is by using accounting gimmicks to move money around. those tricks will only get the government through mid-february. at that point lew might have to take the unprecedented step of deciding he has the legal authority to pick and choose which bills the feds will pay. >> even if it were clear that the treasury secretary could do that, pick and choose, the ability, the real ability to reprogram all of the software in treasury's computers which connect to all of the computer software in the various agencies is not something that can be done in ten minutes or ten days or
jack lew will face will be much nastier than the ultimate outcome. >> the debt ceiling is going to be an ugly fight, perhaps as ugly or even uglier than what we went through at the end of last year, but the real fight is not over the debt ceiling, the real fight is over deficit reduction and the debt ceiling is not a lever that will ultimately be pulled. being treasury secretary over the next couple of years is not going to be an easy job, tom. >> tom: what do we know about lew's background, darren, that could inform us how he may treat the negotiations over the debt ceiling? >> he has been described to me as a pragmatic progressive. he has been around for 25 years in washington, and he has been involved in almost all of the major budget battles. so he is widely respected. he really knows his stuff, and he is seen as a calm but fierce negotiator. >> tom: did he play any role back in august of 2011, the last time we had this debt ceiling de back debac. >> absolutely. there were some republicans who felt that lew got the best of them. he came up with the whole scenario of sequeste
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